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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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The future of librarians in the workforce: a US perspective

José-Marie Griffiths and Donald W. King

Introduction

The future of libraries and librarians has been the subject of a great deal of speculation, mostly resulting from the tremendous technological change that has occurred over the past 30 years or so. However, other changes such as demographic trends towards multicultural societies, economic fluctuations, and the changing roles and perceptions of government and other institutions in society are emerging as significant additional drivers of change. Consequently, not only are there implications for the numbers of librarians and information professionals that will be needed in this changing world, but the nature of their roles and ...

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